King Wingina actor named Lost Colony Volunteer of the Year

By on August 16, 2017

John Bennett (left) receives the Volunteer of the Year Award from Bill Coleman. (The Lost Colony)

John Bennett has been named The Lost Colony’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. The award is presented annually to recognize an individual for continuous and exceptional service to The Lost Colony and Roanoke Island Historical Association.

Every night, except Sundays, Bennett volunteers to perform as King Wingina. This season is his third inthat role. He is a retired USMC CWO4 and currently serves as the Navy Dare Range Complex director at the Dare County Bombing Range in Stumpy Point.

The award was given to show the The Lost Colony’s appreciation of Bennett’s dedication to being a “Keeper of the Dream.”


Bennett received the award during the Lost Colony’s annual Opening Night Awards Ceremony in May. Previous recipients are Delena “Dee” Ostrander, Buddy McCown,and David Wayne Wright,Jr.

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 80th anniversary season plays through Saturday, Aug. 19 at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre. Curtain time is 7:45 PM. For tickets and information, visit The Lost Colony or call (252) 473-6000.

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